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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

This page lists all BHPA incident reports (informal investigations) available on this website. You can view all incident reports, or filter reports by Hang Gliding, Powered Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Paramotoring or Parascending. The incident report database can also be searched.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
3 Aug 2002 Male 38 High Edge- Training Field
United Kingdom


Paraglider


Student injured neck whilst attempting PLF from kneeling position.

3 Aug 2002 Male 51 Pilot Condover Feastival
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Winch Tow

Freex Pure

Tow release webbing pulled riser through carabiner prior to tow launch. The webbing loop tightened around the speed bar line pulley area. This was noticed after take-off. Pilot released at 700ft and landed safely.

3 Aug 2002 Male 37 Club Pilot Parlick
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Advance
Epsilon 3

Pilot flying downwind to intended landing field realised that he would not reach the field. Having left himself no other landing options, and with a large ditch beneath him, the pilot opted to land downwind. He impacted the downwind side of the ditch.

Fractured L1 Vertibrea, airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital
2 Aug 2002 Male 47 Pilot Candover
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow

Sportlite 396

During tow launch the tow line finger trap loop came loose approximately 40 ft AGL. The pilot applkied brake to control the forward surge and impacted the ground feet first.

Bruising to lower back
31 Jul 2002

Paraglider


Pilot flew canopy slowly whilst close to the ground - canopy stalled asymmetrically at 20ft - pilot impacted the gound.

Serious head injuries.
28 Jul 2002 Male 35 Club Pilot Nanty Moel
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Firebird
Matrix

Whilst ground handling the pilot realised that the split A risers on the right of his canopy were rigged incorrectly from the manufacturer.

27 Jul 2002 Male 33 Muggery Bottom
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Windtech
Coral

Student twisted ankle whilst landing.

Twisted and sprained right ankle- First aid on site
24 Jul 2002 Male 36 Club Pilot Ffochiw
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Jive

Inexperienced pilot flew into the rear of another PG. His canopy suffered an asymmetric collapse followed by a 90 degree turn resulting in downwind track. The canopy dived forward and did not regain normal flight before the pilot impacted the hill.

Fracture to upper arm, 2 suspected fractured vertibrae, Air helicopter to Prnce charles hospital- Merthyr
24 Jul 2002 Male 34 Club Pilot Ffochiw
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Jive

Inexperienced pilot launched and gained height and flew into the rear of another airborne pilot - the canopy striking the airborne pilots body. The canopy of the lower pilot collapsed completey and the pilot fell 100ft to the ground.

23 Jul 2002 Cox Tor
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Assisted)
Apco
Prima

Student stepped on his own leg as landed. Canopy was penduluming sideways at the time.

Broken leg- Abulance to hospital
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 25 May 2019 at 05:45:09 AM

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